Spring Open Studio starts Saturday at the Digital Art Academy. The instructor is Corel Painter Master Elite, Karen Bonaker, and the topic is Contemporary Japanese Ink Paintings. Registration closes Friday, March 27, 2015…so hurry and register before it is too late. The course will include a custom brush category, paper textures, overlays and reference materials. Karen provides video and PDFs, plus moderates and comments on all student work.
I’m excited about anything that talks about watercolor in painter and this class focuses on it. Karen talks about flow maps, watercolors, selections, and demos tons of new brushes. Check out the following work by Karen. This is the type of work demonstrated in the class.
I love that the images also have a Sumi-e feel to them.
Finch on Bamboo, Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter 2015
The textured backgrounds are wonderful.
Landscape with Growth Effect, Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter 2015
Of course I love anything with flowers.
Orchids in a Pot, Karen Bonaker, Corel Painter 2015
OK, I can’t stand it. I had to do a practice one. I used a new brush of mine and a texture overlay. Loads of fun, but I can’t wait to learn Karen’s new techniques.
Practice Sumi-e Style, Skip Allen, Corel Painter 2015
If you are working in Windows on a PC, then Corel Painter has released a hot fix that corrects the problem with NET Framework 4.5.2. Again, if you are using a Mac, this fix isn’t necessary and you should ignore this post.
PC users should have gotten an automatic notification that the fix has downloaded and requests installation. If you didn’t, then go to Patches and Updates and download the Painter 2015 – Hot Fix. Save it on your computer and then double-click the saved file to install it.
I love mixing colors…traditionally or digitally. There is something so wonderful about looking at colors as they develop. I have to admit, I haven’t been completely happy with Corel Painter’s mixer pad. It does a good job, I’m not saying that, but I have difficulty with it. I’ve seen others mix lots of colors beautifully with it. And, there are some who never use it at all. While making my latest set of watercolor brushes, I noticed that some mixed colors better than the mixer pad. I started testing and actually went back to the default Watercolor category in Painter 2015 and started using Watery Glazing Flat variant to mix colors directly in the document. I bet other transparent glazing type variants would work as well, but I haven’t tried them.
The transparent character of watercolor variants allows the paint to mix optically, which is why it is so beautiful in my opinion. It is possible to mix very vibrant colors, too, but I was going for more subtle combinations of soft colors. This image is a mix of Phthalo Blue Green, Cadmium Yellow Deep, and Permanent Alizarin Crimson. This one is the most vibrant of the ones that I did today.
Watercolor mix using Phthalo Blue Green, Cadmium Yellow Deep, and Permanent Alizarin Crimson
The next two examples are definitely more subtle and softer. I love the grayed feel of the colors. The top three rows are French Ultramarine, Aureolin, and Permanent Carmine. The last three rows are Phthalo Blue Green, Quinacridone Gold, and Permanent Alizarin Crimson. I am so attracted to these types of colors. I know this is a personal thing, but they do seem luscious to me.
Watercolor mixes. First three rows are French Ultramarine, Aureolin, and Permanent Carmin. The last three rows are Phthalo Blue Green, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, and Quinacridone Gold.
OK…want to know how to do this type of color mixing. It really is easy. In the first video, I start using Corel Painter’s mixer pad. It is fine and I get good color, but when I switch to mixing the same colors with a watercolor variant, I get many more choices…and I think better choices. But, judge for yourself.
In the second video, I mix three colors in one area using the watercolor variant. Then I sample the colors created. It is pretty cool. To alter any color, I can simply add more color to an area. That is hard to explain. Watch the video.
In part 3, I again use three colors painted inside of a selection. But this time, I drop the layer to the canvas layer and add a new white layer with a composite method of overlay. Doing this, brightens the mixed layer. Now I let Painter do the work and create a new color set from a selection. Deciding how many colors is always problematic. But, I really think 16 is the highest number needed and 8 might be just as good. What do you think?
As usual, I go off on a tangent in video 4, but I think it is an interesting tangent. I am still mixing colors using a watercolor variant, but instead of using the traditional concept that the primary colors are Red, Blue, and Yellow, I use the correct version of Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow. What? I knew you would say that. I know it is crazy. I toyed with this concept for several years and it is hard to wrap my head around it. Basically, old Issac Newton thought the primary colors were Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow, but he couldn’t prove it. I think in the late 1800s or early 1900s, scientist began to tell us that the real primary colors were Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow. What makes them primary is that they cannot be mixed and a mixture of them produces black, which is the same thing I have thought about Red, Blue, and Yellow. I am almost used to the idea that Pluto isn’t a planet and now this. Of course, I thought this was about light, but not pigments.
Hold on, not so fast…did you know that there are paint companies now producing tubes of Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow as primary colors. Not all of course…this change will take some time and a steep learning curve…especially for older dudes like me. But, I have to admit, I find the concept strangely appealing and very interesting. And there is something to it. Take a look at the video and watch me mix blue and red. Something, I didn’t think could be done. Now, I haven’t tried this traditionally, but I’m thinking why not. So, what do you think about Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow as the real primaries?
The next video probably is overkill. I continue to mix Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow, plus the secondary colors of Red, Blue, and Green. I was curious more than anything else. I wondered what colors would emerge. Really, once you get past the Cyan, Magenta, Yellow start, it seems pretty much like the traditional mixing methods. Actually when all is said and done, color mixing is pretty much intuitive or innate. But I do find the explorations fun.
I hope you enjoyed the techniques and will give them a try.
Winifred Whitfield has added another class to her popular Inspired Master Artist Series. The class opens Friday and uses the work of Vincent Van Gogh for inspiration. I talked with her briefly about the class and she discussed Van Gogh’s color choices. I found the conversation very interesting.
I am sure you will find the class interesting, too. Winifred describes the class in this video:
Check out some of the work that she will be demonstrating in tutorials:
I posted about the updated drivers for a PC 3 days ago. Today, Wacom released new tablet drivers for the Mac. You can find them here. Wacom Tablet Drivers for the Mac
I did update my Windows Drivers on March 3rd, and I have had moderate success. I did have some problems and had to restart the tablet services several times. But, all has been good the last couple of days. If I continue to have problems, I’ll let you know.
I missed that a new Wacom Driver was posted March 2, 2015, but Corel Master Painter Elite Karen Bonaker didn’t. She dropped me a note. I’m not sure why, but my Wacom Desktop Center doesn’t indicate that there is a new driver. Odd.
Anyway, I am going to install the new driver; if I have trouble, I’ll let you know.